In ancient Japan, boundaries between rural villages were not drawn by geography, but by the deep, resonating rhythms of the taiko drum. Kodo, Sado Island’s acclaimed taiko troupe, through the preservation, dissemination and study of one of Japan’s most internationally celebrated performing arts, has taken this custom further: using the taiko to explore and encompass new boundaries.

Even though Kodo has a significant following throughout the world, it is not surprising that the taiko is now being heard by and influencing some of the world’s finest contemporary music producers.

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